over·​graze | \ ˌō-vər-ˈgrāz How to pronounce overgraze (audio) \
overgrazed; overgrazing; overgrazes

Definition of overgraze

transitive verb

: to allow animals to graze (an area, such as a pasture) to the point of damaging vegetational cover

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Recent Examples on the Web Without sharks, fish would overgraze and destroy our oceans. Stephanie Bedo, Fox News, "Shark attacks: What you know about sharks is wrong," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of overgraze

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Overgraze.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgraze. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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